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friday's heartbreaking violence in newtown, connecticut, we'll have the there's on continuing developments. we'll then turn to our cover story, which examines americans and faith. seems that for increasing numbers of us now, our permanent beliefs do not involve organized religion. >> reporter: this morning spiritual leaders around the country are faced with trying to explain the inexplicable. while some may seek solace in church, a growing number of americans are finding their faith elsewhere. >> it's less and and less important for people to think of themselves as methodist or baptist. >> reporter: how one of the most religious countrys in the world may be becoming a little less religious. ahead on "sunday morning." >> osgood: some kids byron pitts visited demonstrating amazing pluck, as you will see
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and hear. >> reporter: it may be an ancient instrument, with a heavenly sound. but in modern day atlanta, jarnl, the harp is about much much more. >> it is about opportunity. we don't expect everybody to become a professional harpist. it's about helping children to become all they can become. >> reporter: ahead on "sunday morning" atlanta's urban youth harp ensemble. >> osgood: and that brings us to led zeppelin. one of the most successful and influential rock groups of all time. anthony mason will be talking with the members. >> reporter: in the 1970s no band was bigger than led zeppelin. the surviving members who were just honored at the white house sat down with us for a rare interview.
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howes was it to get back together after all that time? >> there's a lot of energy when we get close together, because there's a lot of expectation that goes with that. >> reporter: led zeppelin, later on "sunday morning." >> osgood: you probably know that friday is the end of fall. and some fear it could be the end of a lot more than that. bill geist will look into it. >> reporter: but with all the holiday festivities activities you may have forgot ebb an important date, this friday, december 21st, it's the end of the toward, remember? mark your calendars and live it up, ahead on "sunday morning." >> osgood: we'll meet the elliotts, chris and his father bob, for them funny is a family affair. we'll remember sitaarist ravi shankar, the music and the man. we'll have the tale of peter
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rabbit and more. but first the headlines, for the 16th of december, 2012. president obama will travel to newtown, connecticut today to visit privately with families of the victims of friday's carnage at sandy hook elementary school. the president will also meet with emergency personnel and then speak at an interfaith vigil at the town high school. 27 people are confirmed dead in the massacre, 20 of them young children, many shot multiple times. this is mr. obama's fourth visit to a grief stricken town stunned by mass shooting since taking office. he's been to tucson, arizona, fort hood, texas, and earlier this year areport ra, colorado. -- aurora, colorado. we'll have more on the massacre in a few minutes. a man opened fire in a parking lot of a mall in newport beach, california yesterday afternoon. police say the suspect was
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taken into custody after firing about 50 shots. no injuries were reported. and police in alabama yesterday killed two suspects by separate shooting incidents near birmingham that left three people dead. syrian government fighters, jets, reportedly opened fire on a refugee camp in damascus this morning. activists say that one missile hit a mosque, they believe dozens may have been killed. secretary of state hillary clinton is recovering at home after fainting and hitting her head. the concussion she suffered is expected to prevent mrs. clinton from appearing this week before two congressional committees looking at the attack in benghazi, libya that killed four americans including the u.s. ambassador. south africa says that former president nelson mandela underwent surgery for gallstones yesterday. the operation on the 94-year-old was described as successful. now today's weather, rain is likely east of the mississippi
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>> osgood: friday's awful events in newtown, connecticut
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bring back some all too familiar questions. how could this have happened? and what can be done? here is martha tischner. >> caller is indicating that she thinks someone is shooting in the building. >> reporter: somehow the idea that little children had been shot made it worse. >> we heard a lot more than, the ambulance came, then the policemen told us to run out of the building and go to the fire department. >> reporter: elementary schools are supposed to be safe places. so how could 20-year-old adam lanza have entered this one in newtown, connecticut on friday morning and killed 26 people, and then himself? and who could comprehend the horror of being summoned to a massacre by text message or robo call. then being told your child is dead. >> she is an incredible
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person. and i'm so blessed to be her dad. >> reporter: robbie parker's daughter emily was one of the 20 dead children. now they are no longer anybody's children, everybody's children. we know their names. eight boys, 12 girls, all first graders. and we know that the principal used to dress up in costumes to make her students smile. and the teacher, victoria soto died shellering her class. the details are starting to emerge about adam lanza and his mother nancy. ma that lanza is his aunt. >> i know she had issues with school, she wound up home schooling him, she battled with the school district, in what kaft kpim i'm not 100% certain, if it was behavior, learning disabilities i don't
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know, but he was a pretty boy, smart. >> reporter: smart but troubled, we've heard that before and we've watched before as the story plays out in slow motion, like some endless tv police procedural. >> as a country we have been through this too many times. >> reporter: this time with the president playing his part. >> we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics. >> reporter: but what? when? exactly the same thing has been said every time it's happened. the shootings haven't stopped, and politics has always gotten in the way. will newtown be any different? it's already been ranked the second worst school shooting in american history. virginia tech in 2007 was the worst, 32 people died there. at columbine high school in 1999, 13 people were killed,
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another two dozen wounded. but since when have school shootings had their own grisly greatest hits list? >> what we see is patterns of one of these incidents inspiring if you will, disturbed people who are already thinking about doing something like that, to do copy cat incidents or to enhance their own incident to make it worse. >> reporter: this even has a name. the wurther effect, according to the former f.b.i. spokesman and now a senior correspondent for cbs news. how do we stop it, can we stop it? >> well, there's a series of chicken and egg questions there. is it the security of the physical premises, is it the gun laws, is it us? >> reporter: adam lanza's mother we've learneds with a gun enthusiast, she owned the guns her son used to kill her and the rest of the newtown victims. will this latest incident change any mind about gun
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control? probably not. according to a pugh research center survey before and after the aurora, colorado theater shootings in july, attitudes remained virtually unchanged. a gallup poll last year showed that support for a ban on handguns has actually gone down, dramatically over the last 50 years, to a record low of 26%. now listen to this f.b.i. statistic. >> it was this past black friday, the shopping day after thanksgiving when we hit the all-time record in history for gun sales. over that three-day period, they sold 283,000 guns in the united states. >> reporter: and on thursday, the day before newtown, the michigan state legislature passed a bill that will allow concealed weapons in, among other places, schools.
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the governor is still deciding whether to sign it. are we headed toward an environment in this country where we have for the rest kindergarten? >> we don't need to train kindergarteners to throw pencils and back packs at armed intruders and to have a swat team in and a metal detector at every door. >> reporter: kenneth trump is president of national school safety and security services in cleveland. >> parents want to know two things. number one, what steps did you have in place to prevent an incident, and how well prepared were you to respond when a crisis occurs. many incidents can and have been prevented in school violence. and we've gotten a lot better since columbine. unfortunately there will still be those that slip through the cracks. >> the front glass has been broken and they're unsure why. >> reporter: adam lanza, it turns out, broke into sandy hook elementary school. what will become of the
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terrified children who ran from the school? and the families of the dead. for some, not all, the trauma they've experienced could have lasting physical, not just emotional effects. >> there's a couple of studies right now looking at i. q. where kids with trauma have lower i. q. than those who don't. >> reporter: dr. glen sax is chairman of child and adolescent psychiatry at new york university land gon medical center, and an experiment on childhood trauma. >> it's related in a strong way to problems with depression, suicide, obesity, even some cancer rates, heart disease. and that's why there's so much attention going into helping people who have experienced trauma. >> reporter: already, the inevitable shrines have
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appeared. the vigils have begun. newtown is wearing its broken heart on its sleeve. but we've seen this before, too. if only grieving in public could fix things, could end the killings. but in the end, hugs are not enough. >> osgood: just ahead, none of the above. [ female announcer ] now deliciousness can happen at almost anytime.
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>> osgood: the words, in god we trust, can be found on all our currency, a reflection of the importance of religion in american lives. at least the lives of many of us, but not all of us. our sunday morning cover story is reported now by lee cowan. >> reporter: it's not just in newtown, connecticut, but in churches and synagogues and any other building of faith, the question why is being asked over and over this morning. in times of both heart ache and happiness, we turn to our faith for guidance and comfort. but increasingly how we think about our faith is changing. according to a new study by the pugh forum on religion and public life, the nation's
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spiritual landscape may be becoming a little less religious. some 45 million people, that's one fifth of the u.s. adult population, now say they belong to no church in particular. 6% of them are either atheist or agnostic. >> there's a yerng to find like minded people, so for people to have a conversation that's not taboo. >> reporter: we met him last month. he's the president of an atheist group in the bible belt, oklahoma city. >> we're not anti-religious, but we're pro secular. >> reporter: in the past three members membership has jumped from 300 members to well over 1,000. >> i do think it getting better. >> reporter: a college professor is one of them, she says the public mood on atheist is changing even here. >> there are still people who are marching in the parade at halloween yelling out you're going to hell and stuff like that. but there were more people who weren't.
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and i think that's going to keep going, i think that's the trend. >> reporter: researchers call them the nones, those who check the none box when asked to describe their religious affiliation, and they've doubled since 1990. we're not necessarily becoming more secular, are we? >> maybe a little bit. >> reporter: kerry funk is the senior researchers on that study and says it's a complicated question, because being unaffiliated isn't necessarily the same as not having faith. >> 68% of the unaffiliated say they brief in god or a universal spirit. more than a third describe themselves as spiritual people, but not religious people. >> reporter: and a good portion of them still say they pray? >> a good portion pray at least daily. >> reporter: so if it's not god or the thought of a higher power that's turning people off, just what is? the study suggests that it's organized religion, with respondents overwhelmingly
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saying many organizations are too focused on money, power and politics. protestants have suffered the greatest decline. they now account for just 48% of religious adults, making it the first time in history that the united states doesn't have a protestant majority. >> every time e i walk in here i cannot believe this place is this large. over 4,000 people. >> reporter: evangelical churches aren't immune either. the megachurches, once bursting at the seems are a little less megathen they used to be. >> we're seeing church attendance being much more inconsistent than i've ever seen it in my life. >> reporter: ed young is the senior pastor of the fellowship church in dallas. >> the bible talks a lot about the enjoyment of sex. report he's hardly conventional, even preaching a sermon with his wife while sitting on a double bed.
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it's his attempt not at a gimmick, he says, but to reach those who these days find organized religion at its best irrelevant and worst, -- >> i don't think we have been vulnerable enough, i don't think we have been real enough about issues and about life. you have to realize that the church is pretty much one generation away from extinction. >> reporter: indeed it's the young, one out of every three persons survey under the age of 30 say they don't link themselves with any organized religion. compare that with the greatest generation, where only one in 20 claim to know -- claimed to religious home. >> we're in a post denomination al phase in many ways in the united states. so religion is very diverse and clear differences between the buddhists and mormons. >> reporter: charles kimball is the director of religious studies at the university of oklahoma. while he says most his
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students still respect religious organizations as a power to do good in the world, it's often their stand on social issues, especially abortion and gay rights, that he feels are driving the young away. >> the vast majority of students, even people coming out of pretty traditional religious background, don't see these as a big deal, they don't get what's the issue here. they don't understand it. >> in my experience a lot of my friends have become nuns. >> reporter: we gathered a few of his students together. all say they believe in god but agree that organized religion has largely failed to adapt to a changing culture. she grew up a conservative christian. >> i don't understand like how a loving god can send people to hell. i'm pretty sure if i disobeyed my parents they would not throw me in the fireplace. >> i go to a church in mormon. >> reporter: he was raised methodist and still goes to church but only about once a month. >> because there's so much like bureaucracy and rules and
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things that a church has to do that don't necessarily fit with the beliefs or the tenets that they preach. >> reporter: martha fulton grew up baptist, went to catholic schools and for the moment attends a methodist church. >> while i wouldn't say that i am really strongly affiliated with a church, i do feel that i get something out of it and it's sort of like when a person says that they're single and looking rather than single and not ever hoping to find anything else. >> reporter: there are plenty of alternatives for those looking to worship in a more individual way. one of the most popular holiday services in new york city this time of year is a revival of the ancient solstice rituals. at the cathedral of st. john the divine. paul winner leads that celebration. >> the journey through the longest night is really intended to be symbolic of the
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catharsis, coming through the dark night of the soul. >> reporter: and for those in newtown, connecticut, no night has ever been darker. >> dark times, like so many of our friends in connecticut are having now, very hard to understand how we're going to reconcile that, how we'll come out the other side of it. but somewhere down deep we hope that we'll have the optimism that we will overcome. >> reporter: what is hope and optimism to some is faith and answered prayers to others. on this weekend in particular, as the conversation inevitably turns to the unimaginable, our thoughts of peace and human kindness find us all as one. >> osgood: next, animal
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>> osgood: and now the pain from our sunday morning almanac. december 16, 1901, 111 years ago today, happy day for lovers of small furry animals everywhere. and that was the day helen bee tricks potter first published the tale of peter rabbit. born in london in 1866, potter developed a passion for nature
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during family outings in the english country side. she would bring home an assortment of pets including rabbits, mice, birds, squirrels, even rats. and by age 14 she was sketching and even making up stories about them. but it was a series of letters she wrote to the children of her governess that would ensure bee tricks potter a place in bedtime story history. my rabbit peter is so lazy he lies before the fire in a box with a little rug, she wrote in 1895. by 1901 she had turned her letters into a book featuring the mischief is doings of flopsy, mopsy, cotton tail and of course peter. more letters followed, and more books as well. 23 in all. introducing us to such unforgettable characters as squirrel nutkin, benjamin bunny, gentlemen mime apuddle duck, and others. more than 40 million books
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have been sold, in more than 40 languages, inspiring countless retellings including a ballet. and the popular animated bbc series. >> and peter, who was very naughty, ran straight away to mr. mcgregors garden. >> reporter: potter expressed surprise at the ongoing appeal of her characters. she wrote, i never quite understood the secret of peter's perennial charm. the secret perhaps can be found in those earlier letters. here are some rabbits thering snowballs, father wrote, what child could resist that, or a frog fishing or a mouse in bed with a cold. potter died in december 1943. peter rabbit will forever be sneaking into farmer mcgregor's garden in search of a midday snack.
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>> osgood: this is laura
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sherman playing her guilded harp. this harp dates from 1918. but the harp itself is really an ancient instrument that still has the power to transport us, even to change lives. as byron pitts of "60 minutes" discovered. >> i'm just so drawn to it, it's like when i get up every day i just have to play my harp. i love it. >> reporter: for 13-year-old kim walker and her fellow members of atlanta's urban youth harp ensemble, this 47-stringed instrument with its heavenly sound transports them from the challenges of urban life to the satisfaction of mastering this most difficult of instruments.
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is playing the harp cool at all? >> yes. >> reporter: it is, she says, with great passion, it is. why is it cool to play the harp? >> because there are not a lot of kids that play the harp. you have your trumpets and your flautists and the run of the mill percussionists, but who can say oh i play the harp. >> reporter: i would think in an urban environment, harp is a hard sell. >> yeah, i kind of thought that at first, but when i walked in there were kids just loving it. >> reporter: carolyn lund is the artistic director and full-time harp instructor for the program. >> what draws people to it is that it's just so rare and so unique. and these kids want to make a name for themselves so, they come and try their hand at it.
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>> reporter: over the ensemble's 12-year history, 450 students have tried their hand at the harp. an stunt that dates back to ancient met po tame yeah -- mesopotamia, now modern day in iraq and ranges from several thousand dollars to upwards of 100,000. the ensemble is the brain child of elizabeth remy johnson, principal harpist of the atlanta symphony orchestra, and ross amond lewis, a long time public school music teacher. describe for the average student, what kinds kids are these? >> we have low income, we do have students are not, not all of them, we do have some home schooled students in our program and many of our students are from single parent homes or grand parent homes. >> reporter: the harps are donated and lessons are free
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to any interested student. donovan howard has been playing the harp for three years and says the ensemble is shaking up the perception of the typical harpist. what's the reaction when you walk in for an audition? >> a lot of people aren't expecting, first of all a male, and then when they see an african-american male, sometimes they are a little bit hesitant, but i think that we're breaking barriers. >> reporter: for some, the harp has changed lives this pro found ways. meet desmond johnson, who she calls one of her miracle children. >> i met desmond here at this school, and he will walk by the harp room and couldn't walk out without coming in to sit down and play the harp. >> reporter: so this is the
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neighborhood you grew up in? >> yes, sir. >> reporter: raised by his grandmother, johnson admits he wasn't the best academically, and harp class was initially a hard sell. >> when i got in, it was, you know, i'm a young man, i'm not really interested in playing the harp because it's kind of girly so, when i first saw it you didn't want anything to do with it. >> reporter: but the harp won him over. what has the harp done for you, do you think? >> it's responsible for me going to college. >> reporter: the first in his family to go to college, johnson is now a junior at georgia state university on scholarship, with his eyes on a masters degree in music. it's a path forged by one of the urban youth harp ensemble's very first students, morton earned his masters degree in harp performance from boston university. and is now teaching middle schoolers. do you see yourself in your
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students? >> it's scary how much i do. >> reporter: explain. >> the majority of my students are african-american. they're about 12 years old and don't know how to read music, they're starting out just like me, and if you don't have the extra dollars to do the other things like i did. >> reporter: what are the lesson us hope to teach your students? >> to not give up, don't let anybody tell you you can't do something, and to build your own self-esteem. >> reporter: instilled through music, and taken to heart, by students and teachers alike. >> that's what this program is, it's real stuff, it's real life. it really helps these kids. >> reporter: changes their lives do you think? >> it really does. we have so many stories of kids who weren't sure what they were going to do after high school, and i think that they come to this program and it just kind of makes them feel like they're not alone. >> reporter: who knew a harp
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could do all that. >> yes, i just think it's a magical instrument, i really do. >> osgood: still to come, classic rock from led zeppelin. but next? >> when i walk out this door here it would be nice if i knew in my heart that i have your blessings, your best wishes and your full support. >> well, you don't. >> osgood: classic comedy from the elliotts. i love math! but two ipads means two data plans? that's crazy. maybe not. with at&t mobile share, adding an ipad is just $10 a month. but honestly, mom and dad's love is all i really need. we should keep these for us. we should keep these. what?! [ male announcer ] at&t mobile share. add an ipad for just $10 a month.
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>> here again is charles osgood. >> osgood: that's chris elliott as seen from his tv show, "get a life." he says one member of a family that's been making people laugh for generations and counting. our sunday profile. >> reporter: of course they give you a royal welcome. after all, you're looking at american comedy royalty. did you ever have any expectation that you would become sort of the founder of a dynasty of funniness? >> no. i never thought of it, until it happened one by one, where we had fooled people all these years. >> reporter: that's right. family patriarch bobble yot and his partner, the late ray goulding, were on radio and then tv for four decades, beginning in the 19 40s. known for their dead pan humor,
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bob and ray parodyed journalists in the early days of broadcasting. >> this is radio's highly regarded wally ba look on the main street here in halifax. do you like listening to the radio? >> oh, yeah. what? i'm 35. >> reporter: by 1979, they were making fun of themselves on "saturday night live." >> if you want my body and you think i'm sexy, come on baby let me know. >> reporter: chris elliott followed in his father's footsteps. by his 20s appearing on david letterman to do weird clips like coming out as a day shelfed marlon brando. >> it was always dave i was writing for, what's going to
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make dave laugh when i'm out there. >> just sat down with d. both of us very excited. >> hello and welcome to the racial el meadow show. >> reporter: then there's chris's daughter abby elliott who just spent four seasons on "saturday night live" where she was known for dead on impressions of celebrities. >> language lean ajolie. what are you doing here? >> i heard someone had eight babies, does she want all of them? >> reporter: in fact, this family, including chris's wife paula and younger daughter bridey, is spritesingly sane and low key, despite chris's claims to the contrary. >> i can remember like getting looks just wheeling you guys down the street in manhattan from people that recognized me that just thought, well, no, he should not have children, that person should not have kids. >> reporter: alas chris's life
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is so normal that he recently felt compelled to write a comic unauthorized autobiography. instead of bobble yot, he claims his dad is actor sam elliott, because son of sam sounds funier. but the truth is chris grew up behind the scene of his real dad's radio show. >> he would set me in front of the sound effect machine and they, there were all these sort sound effects. like fight sounds, number one. fight sounds number five. and i would just put them in and just go... >> reporter: in 1990, chris stared in his own tv series, about a 30-year-old paper boy city living at home with his unhappy parents. >> when i walk out this door here would it be nice if i knew in my heart that i have your blessings, your best wishes and your full support. >> well, you don't. >> reporter: you got your real father, bob elliott, to play
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your father on the show -- >> not my first choice. >> it's worse than i remember. >> reporter: he always wore a bathrobe. >> that was my choice for his comfort onset. >> reporter: over the years chris played roles in dozens of tv shows and films, including bill murray's testy cameraman in "groundhog day." >> nobody honks this horn but -- >> reporter: on screen chris has always cultivated the persona of a clueless self centered idiot, like the dad who invents stupid board games on "how i met your mother." >> car battery, how long can you hold on? here, princess, grab these. >> reporter: you once said that stupidity excites you.
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do you still feel that way? >> well, because intellect does not, i'm sorry, that's just the way i'm wired. >> reporter: in real life he's a devoted father, husband and son. he even purchased a place right next-door to his dad's house in maine. this really feels like you're in a painting of maine. >> yae, it's just panoramic. >> reporter: and chris has worked with his daughter abby in letter man skits, like this tyrannical tv shout. >> is that how you do it, is that how you check a coat? no, you take the coat, you give the gentleman the ticket and say have a wonderful lunch. are we going to cry now? where's mommy, mom yps not here. >> reporter: did you try to make your dad laugh growing up? were you performing for him? >> yeah, my sister and i always performed and i remember like a really young age we did these plays that we would improvise on our front stoop in l. a..
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without knowing it i think we were funny in our own way. as you may have guessed, bridey, the youngest elliott, is now breaking in to the family business. what's it like to be the youngest one, the one just breaking in now? >> it's like a duel, like i'm dueling you guys and there's sibling rivalry and it's who are bl. -- horrible. no, it's great. >> reporter: as for bob elliott, at age 89, he's clearly delighted by founding this funny family. >> being a patriarch of it is a prideful experience. a word i use carefully and not frequently. >> reporter: three generations of laughter.
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>> reporter: three generations of laughter. >> osgood: ahead,,
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>> osgood: it happened this week, the passing of two men instrumental in changing our lives in very different ways. ravi shankar, the man george harrison called the father of world music, died tuesday in san diego at age 92. known for introducing the sitaar to western audiences, he was born in 1920 in northern india, as a young man he changed his name to ravi, meaning son, and devoted his life to music. in the 1960s he caught the ear of george harrison, who was looking into broadening his sound and his mind. >> i never thought our meeting would cause such an explosion.
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>> reporter: the beetle became his most famous disciple. ravi shankar appeared in woodstock in 19 1k369 teamed up again with harrison in 1971 to organize the concert for bangladesh at madison square garden, one of the first megastar rock benefits to raise money for famine relief. off stage his personal life was complicated. married twice, shankar also had a long-term relationship with concert promoter sue jones, who in 1979 gave birth to their daughter, put spell grammy winning singer nora jones. shankar played little role in their daughter's upbringing and they remained distant until the 90s.
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he too was part of the sound track of our lives, he was responsible for changing this to this, as co-inventor of the bar code. born in atlantic city in 1921, woodland learned morse code as a boy scout. years later in engineering school he and a classmate bernard silver worked to devise a graphic version of the code. one that could be used to track product information. the result was this. a sort of bulls eye with lines of varying widths, and in 1952 they pat ented what they called a classifying apparatus and method. ahead of out time, the idea languished and they sold the patent to philco for $15,000, all they ever made for their invention. wood land went onto work for ibm where in the early 1970s a colleague named george lowerer
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designed the retack language bar code we know today. last year wood land's daughter was there for his induction into the inventors hall of fame, he died last sunday at the age of 91. but his genius lives on, every time you hear this, take a moment to thank norman joseph woodland, for your speedy check out. coming up, once again. ,,,,,,,,,,
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>> osgood: in the aftermath of friday's shootings in newtown, connecticut we can now add the name adam lanza to the gallery of gunman whose names have begun to enter our collective memories. bob orr tells us the latest on the investigation into who he
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was and what may have motivated the terrible murder spree. >> reporter: investigators are still trying to understand how a reclusive young man could take three semi-automatic weapons to a school and carry out such a heinous killing spree. gunman adam lanza, apparently left behind no explanation. police have found no journals or detailed notes outlining his plans. police lieutenant paul advance said police have found some clues in the school and lanza's home. >> did produce some very, a very good evidence in this investigation that our investigators will be able to use and hopefully painting the complete picture as to how and more importantly why this occurred. >> reporter: sources say investigators have recovered two badly damaged computers from the home. it seems they had been purposely smashed, but forensic specialists are trying to retrieve potentially revealing files. police already know lanza used
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guns he took from his mother's home, after he shot her in the face, killing her as she slept. nancy lanza was an avid gun collector, who had legally purchased and registered the weapons. landscaper dan holmes knew nancy lanza for five years. >> she had a gun collection, she was a real gun enthusiast, she would go target practicing. >> reporter: what happened at the school required no real marksmanship. investigators say lanza forced his way into the building, carrying a 223 semi-automatic assault rifle in his hands, he also had two semi-automatic pistols in the pockets of his cargo pants. as lanza headed for two classrooms, sources say police officers began closing in. as they approached officers heard a volley of shots, in all 20 children and six adult school staffers were killed. each had been hit with multiple rounds. connecticut's chief medical
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examiner, dr. wayne carver, said it the worst carnage he's seen in his 31-year career. >> the victims i had range from three to eleven wounds, and i only saw two of them with close range shooting. >> reporter: the children were first graders, 12 girls and eight boys. the spree ended when lanza used one of the handguns to take his own life. last night the gunman's father peter lanza offered con doll endss. in a statement -- condolences. he said: >> osgood: ahead we take flight. with led zeppelin. and the end of the world?
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>> it's sunday morning on cbs and here again is charles osgood. >> osgood: that's led zeppelin playing rock and roll from their 2007 reunion concert. an appropriate song considering that they're one of the most popular and influential bands in rock and roll history. they sat down with anthony mason for a rare look back at the music and their legacy. >> reporter: when they were devouring the world in the 1970s, with their thunderous sounds and their wicked ways, the members of led zeppelin seemed the least likely musicians to expect an invitation to the white house.
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>> it's been said that a generation of young people survived teen-age angst with a pair of head phones and a zeppelin album him. >> reporter: but there they were this month, the bands's three surviving members, john paul jones, jimmy page and robert plant, celebrated recipients of the kennedy center honors. have you ever been there before? >> no, you're joking. we were hardly the toast of american, the political -- >> reporter: establishment? >> yeah. >> reporter: you weren't getting any white house invitations then? >> no. we were being questioned quite often. ♪ if you say to me tomorrow . >> reporter: led zeppelin notoriously took sex, drugs and rock and roll to epic extremes. joe perry said you were mad, bad and dangerous to know.
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>> that must have been you, john. >> reporter: it's been more than three decades since the group disbanded, after the death of drummer john bonham in 1980. >> i think we all agreed unanimously that that was that. >> reporter: but take a stroll with lead singer robert plant, now 64 -- >> can i shake your hand? >> reporter: and you'll get the picture quickly that led zeppelin's alure endures. >> i think you're so hot still, and my sister is going to be so jealous. >> reporter: the band sold more than 300 million records. and when led zeppelin reunited in london for one night only in 2007, more than 20 million people applied for the 18,000 seats.
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>> what we achieved was to change the blueprint of a lot of things. we changed the sort of where the horizon was, we moved it on. >> reporter: the band's founder was guitarist jimmy page. at age 14 he was already appearing on british tv shows. soon he was the most sought after session guitarist in britain. in the early 60s he played for the who, the kinks, even on the theme song to the james bond film, goldfinger. >> it was exciting because right on the crest of the cutting edge. >> reporter: he joined the yard bird, until the band fell apart in 1968. you knew you wanted to form another band? >> yeah, and i knew what sort of band to make too.
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>> reporter: you knew exactly what you wanted? >> absolutely. >> reporter: his first recruit was bass player john paul johns. you knew him. jones had written the string arrangements for herman's hermits and rolling stones records. when he heard page was forming a band, he wanted in. >> he said i'm going up to the midland to see a singer and we think he knows a drummer. i'll tell you what they're like when i get back. >> reporter: the singer was 19-year-old robert plant, and his friend, drummer john bonham, within weeks the four got together. what do you remember about those first rehearsals? >> just instant, this is fantastic. three four, and just whoa, the room just exploded. and it was just so powerful.
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it just locked together, it was something that was prut scary. >> reporter: led zeppelin was born. the band's debut album would spend 73 straight weeks on the charts, but the rock press was unimpressed. rolling stone magazine called itself indulgence and page, a writer of weak unimaginative songs. did that bother you? >> no, it mystified me. i thought do they mean us? >> and i think it just went over their heads. absolutely. it was way beyond them. >> reporter: but by the mid 70s led zeppelin was the most
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popular rock band in the world. in 1973 in cam pa, florida they played to more than 56,000 fans, breaking the beetles shea stadium record. >> good evening, it really was the biggest crowd ever assemble forward a single performance in place in the entire history of the world. >> i guess we were still on a roll. >> reporter: and you by all account lived a pretty wild life while you were doing it as well. >> i don't know. >> reporter: which brings us back to that quote from joe perry, the guitarist with aerosmith. he said you were like lord byron, that you were mad, bad and dangerous to know. >> and also to hear. for more than a decade, led zep were the dark gods of rock,
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but in 1980 when grouper john bonham died after consuming 40 shots of vodka in 24 hours, it all ended unexpectedly. there must have been an incredibly difficult decision. >> no, it was an easy decision. it was an incredibly difficult time. but i couldn't imagine it without him. >> reporter: the ban members went their separate ways. >> i never felt so out of place and vulnerable and out of time and all that stuff. it was nerve wracking. >> reporter: led zeppelin would we unite publicly only twice before 2007, and with disappointing results. so when the concert to honor the late head of atlantic records was planned, plant worried about recapturing led zeppelin's old magic. did you have to work pretty hard to put yourself back there? >> i knew i couldn't go back
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there, but i had to be comfortable with where i met it. >> reporter: and where was that? >> it was just left of extreme fear. and trepidation. >> reporter: why? >> well, because it's a tall order, you know. the thing is that everything that's magnificent, whatever it might be, a great pomt in sport, a great moment in literature, can people actually ever go back and touch that again. you just know that once upon a time you could kick ass and that's about it. muse. >> reporter: but the new film of the concert shows for that one night with jason bonham taking his father's place on drums, led zeppelin would soar again.
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the band's performance raised hopes of a reunion tour. but at the premiere of celebration day and the dvd release press conference last month, the question? >> why is it so hard to come together again. >> reporter: was met with silence. they didn't like it when we brought it up either. i'm sure you've been offered a great deal of money. >> -- >> away from the band jimmy page was more receptive. you think it's unlikely? >> i've been open to it, and i'm just looking at the past history of it. >> reporter: do you think that's likely your last show? >> i think so. but i've said it before. >> reporter: but if this was led zeppelin's last set, they went out with thunder and awe.
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21st it most certainly will. some survival aces are already in their bunkers. but jason charles will roll the dice on this one, and stay at home in his new york apartment, ready for anything. >> i don't want to sit here and be like, you know, nothing is going to happen. but i don't want to say something is going to happen either. >> reporter: this is what he calls his bug out bag. a tightly packed bundle of all your apocalyptic needs. >> this is a water purifier, uses u. v. lights to kill the bacteria. i keep two tents. here is the sold lar panel. iphone, kindles. energy bars. >> reporter: jambala why hamp and shrimp, doesn't that look good? >> really isn't though. rope is always good. this is a radio, flashlight, solar charger.
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in case you have any beers in your bug out bag, you have a bottle opener here. >> reporter: what i need during a nuclear holocaust is a bolts of vodka. >> that and a prayer. >> reporter: you start to get the feeling that jason may have an inflatable four bedroom house packed in there. is that the backup tent? >> yes, i have backups for backups. >> reporter: of course if the world ever actually ends? >> this is pretty much a moot point. >> reporter: what do your friends and neighbors think of your preparedness, do they think you're awe little over the top? >> i don't care what people think. i don't want to be that guy that's not ready for disaster. >> reporter: these days what's really unusual is that it appeals to everybody. >> reporter: so religious, non-religious, scientific, anti-scientific, everybody has their little slice of how the world can end. >> how come so many people... >> reporter: this professor teachs a popular course on ends of the world at rutgers university at camden, new
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jersey. >> my class is going to be concluding the semester with the phenomena of the zombie. as the most popular embodiment of apocalyptic fears and all of the range of different possibilities, all rolled into this one symbol. >> reporter: some believe there's a back door out of the apocalypse. >> where most christians who have strong end of the world beliefs, there is the popular doctrine of the rapture, which is the idea that the believing christians, before all the cat alist ims start, will simply be lifted up into heaven out of harm's way. >> reporter: so doomsday need not be a bad thing. >> nuclear war, terrific, we're close. societal collapse, no problems, i will be gone. >> reporter: have you made any plans for the 21st? >> i did. >> reporter: have you may any plans for the 22nd?
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>> i have not. >> reporter: let's say the world is ending friday. you want to take stock. and spend like there's no tomorrow.
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>> osgood: here's a look at the week ahead on our sunday morning calendar. the u.s. postal service says monday will be the busiest mailing day of the year for holiday cards and packages. on wednesday, time magazine reveals its person of the year. thursday is the day the brother of jailed financier bernard madoff is sentenced, peter madoff has agreed to a plea bargain to spend the next decade behind bars. friday brings the winter solstice. saturday is expected to be the busiest shopping day of the year. seasons greetings. carolyn mccarthy is a suburban new yorker whose husband was killed and her son rund wounded in a random shooting on the long island railroad in december 1993, not long after she ran for congress and won. she shares some thought now on
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friday's tragedy in newtown, connecticut. >> it's hard in words alone to do justice for the innocent young children who died the other day. words alone aren't enough to make sure that there isn't another shooting like that in connecticut. that's why i hope that we as a nation can come together and take action to prevent these types of tragedies in the future. congress where i work can be a pretty divided place. i often like to remind my colleagues on both sides of the ail of the things that unite us. and there are many. we love our country. we support our constitution. we love our children. we all care about our future, and our children's future. and it's on these shared values that i think we must unite, as americans to make sure that innocent lives aren't cut down before their time, because of the easy
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access to guns by the wrong people. >> reporter: terrified passengers say the lone gunman didn't say a word as he opened fire on the commuter train. >> it hard for me to understand why somebody would do something like that. >> as a mother and as someone whose family has changed forever by an act of gun violence, i know all too well what the families in connecticut are going through right now. on friday parents went home to presents in the class it, that they will never be able to give. some of those homes there will be no little feet running down the stairs. and tearing open boxes under the tree on christmas day. there will be one less little league tryout, one less high school prom. one less college graduation. one less wedding. we owe it to those families and to our own children to do something about our nation's
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problem with gun violence. the second amendment is the law of the land. it's an american right to own a gun. but it's also our responsibility to protect public health and enact reasonable safety restrictions, like we do with cars or food or medicine, because too many of us are dying from gun violence every day. no parent should have to send their child to school and wonder if there will be a mass shooting there that day. let's come together and get this right. for our children's sake. >> osgood: men taer from congresswoman carolyn mccarthy. now we go to bob schieffer in washington for a look at what's ahead on "face the nation." >> good morning, charles, we'll talk to connecticut governor dan malloy about this nightmare in newtown.
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>> osgood: thank you. next week here on sunday morning. singing the praises of place i do domingo. >> come on, dad. >> reporter: and behind the scenes with actor bradley cooper.
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>> sunday morning's moment of nature is sponsored by spiriva. >> osgood: we leave you this morning with an early christmas card, from lansford, north dakota.
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>> osgood: i'm charles osgood. please join us again next sunday morning. until then, i'll see you on the radio.
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ye and . the big question after the deadly school shootings in connecticut, why did a 20-year-old man target students and teachers and how some adults sacrificed their lives to save some of the children. >> the single issue voter, who scares the hell out of an elected official. >> and the politics of gun control after a mass shooting. the lasting power of the gun lobby on capitol hill. >> a chilly day under way, in fact, a chilly week ahead for the bay area. more rain comingla

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